Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, Jalahalli,
for Liquid Crystal Research (CLCR) is an autonomous research
institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt.
of India. It was established in 1991 by Prof.S.Chandrasekhar,
FRS as a scientific society registered in Karnataka with the
following aims and objectives :
- To build a centre of excellence which will have a focus
on basic science, and would also develop a bias towards
technology, keeping in line with the international trends
on liquid crystals materials and devices. In addition to
basic research on the physical properties of the liquid
crystals, the Centre will undertake projects on the application
of liquid crystals.
- To undertake, carry on, develop and/or promote in every
possible and conceivable manner advanced research in the
field of liquid crystals and to contribute to the advancement
of scientific knowledge in these subjects.
- To undertake and develop techniques for inventing or
discovering new products, processes in the field of liquid
crystals for the benefit of mankind in general and India
The Centre made a humble beginning with ad-hoc
grants from the Department of Science & Technology, Government
of India, in the form of project grants of SERC and a small
grant given by the Raman Research Institute Trust. In 1995,
the Planning Commission decided to fund the Centre and brought
it under the administrative control of the then Department
of Electronics (DoE), Govt. of India to act as a Centre of
Excellence for research and development in the area of liquid
crystal materials. CLCR then moved to its present location
with the land and building provided by Bharat Electronics
Limited (BEL), Bangalore. Today, CLCR is equipped with state-of-the-art
equipments and facilities which are on par with the best of
such facilities in this area, anywhere in the world and has
carried out research on a variety of topics including synthesis
and characterization of a host of liquid crystal materials.
It has been active in both the basic and applied aspects of
research on liquid crystals, a prominent soft condensed matter.
The Centre has actively provided R&D support to BEL in
its LCD manufacturing activity. BEL has been its industrial
partner in a major initiative by the Council of Scientific
and Industrial Research (CSIR) for new and fast LCDs. Recently
CLCR has signed an MoU with M/s. Vision Multimedia Technology
Ltd. (VMTL), Japan in connection with transfer of technology
of a device invented in its laboratory.
For more information please
Centre for Liquid Crystal Research
Bangalore - 560 013
Ph:91-80-28381119, 28381347, 28382337
E-mail: clcr at vsnl dot com